WESTERN SPRINGS – Finding the right mix of defensive positions and spots in the lineup takes time, and that’s why seniors Stefanie D’Anna and Kayla Morrissey are so important to Lyons Township softball.
The duo played major parts in the Lions’ season a year ago and are representing stable forces defensively and high up in the LT batting order.
“Our first three games I was amazed at our hitting,” LT coach Dawn Schabacker said. “Our seniors just kind of led the way and everybody jumped on the bandwagon.”
LT scored in double figures in each of its first three games and is 4-3 overall. Through Saturday’s 4-2 loss to Richards, D’Anna was 15-for-26 with four RBIs and 10 runs scored. Morrissey was 12-for-26 with six doubles, one triple, seven RBIs and six runs scored.
D’Anna, a second baseman, and Morrissey, LT’s catcher, were both 4-for-4 in a 9-3 win Friday against Queen of Peace.
“I’m really comfortable,” D’Anna said. “I was coming in thinking I was the leadoff hitter. [Batting] No. 2 is kind of nice. I’m able to do different things.”
D’Anna also is preparing for her college career. She will head to Concordia University in River Forest.
The stability that D’Anna and Morrissey bring to LT’s lineup has helped early in the season. Many newcomers, including freshman pitcher Sapphire Munoz and sophomore Riley Frisbie, have made big contributions early this season. Schabacker was tasked with figuring out the team’s best setup by the time conference play starts today at Downers Grove North.
“We’re still throwing people in different positions and trying to find our way,” Schabacker said. “Our bats were pretty consistent [Friday]. We had a lot of nice line shots and made some things happen in our baserunning. We’re coming along.”